Colonial Guest House



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A lovely family-run house, perfect for an island hopping holiday.

This is a delightful family-run guesthouse in the centre of the main town on Fogo, São Filipe. The house itself dates back to 1883 and is designed in the distinctive Sobrado style which characterises many of Cape Verde’s oldest buildings and evokes a typical house in mainland Portugal. Now beautifully restored it offers a lovely retreat for those wishing to see the volcano, plantations and vineyards that define this amazing island. The bedrooms are airy and spacious, with a balcony or terrace (except air-conditioned rooms). There is a pool for a cooling dip and a bar and terrace that take in wonderful views across the sea of the neighbouring island of Brava – the perfect setting to unwind and plan the day ahead before enjoying a sunset dinner at the outdoor restaurant. Being so central, you can also explore the cobbled streets of the town on foot, visiting the lively market and allowing you to make the very most of the island. Full of character, the Colonial Guest House compliments Fogo perfectly and is sure to be among the highlights of an island hopping holiday.

Flights - Direct International flights to Sal plus internal flights to/from Santiago then to/from Fogo.

Fogo is best experienced as part of a multi-centre island hopping holiday around the archipelago. Call one of our experts about a tailormade itinerary.

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Hotel Facilities

  • Pool
  • Outdoor restaurant and bar
  • Massage suite (payable locally)
  • Laundry Service (payable locally)
  • Wi-Fi (payable locally)
  • 10 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Twin or double beds
  • Some bathrooms may not be adjacent to bedrooms - they are still private
  • Air-conditioning on request
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony or terrace


  • Restaurants: São Filipe town
  • Main Town: São Filipe  
  • Airport: São Filipe Fogo,10 minutes by taxi transfer

Travelling Between the Islands

Internal flights are provided by either Binter or TACV (Cabo Verde Airlines). It should be noted that internal flights can and do change schedules and flights are sometimes cancelled, delayed or even early!

Travelling time between Sal and Fogo is via Santiago and approximately 75 minutes flying time.

Rooms at Colonial Guest House


From £894pp

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Single Room

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About the Local Area


Fogo is the fourth largest island and is the only active volcano in Cape Verde.

Thousands of years ago, Fogo erupted from the sea and at its peak, originally reached 35km but since then has lost 300m in height when a huge section collapsed. That said, it still boasts the highest peak in Cape Verde. Since 1785 many smaller eruptions have taken place over time and have all been inside the crater which have created craters in the floor of the original crater which now stretches a massive 7km wide and 10km long.

The crater on Fogo is one of the highlights of Cape Verde and has created what is a very fertile land; coffee is grown on the outside slopes whilst the vines used to produce the famous Fogo wine are grown inside the crater. We highly recommend you try both.

The scenery on Fogo is impressive: dark rocks and black sands give an impression of a lunar landscape. São Filipe, the capital of Fogo is a pretty town full of Portuguese squares, cobbled streets and sobrados, pastel houses decorated with quality woods and tiles from Portugal. The views from the promenade are of the island of Brava and a severe drop down to the black sands below.

Visitors to Fogo tend to embark on a hike up the volcano with a rewarding lunch at the top in a restaurant offering magnificent views.


The Islands provide some spectacular scenery and there are walks to suit all levels of fitness and experience.

Some of the walks in the islands provide challenges which require previous hill walking experience, a higher than average level of fitness and proper walking footwear. For some walks guides are a necessity and can be arranged and paid for locally where as others are well signposted and there is no need for a guide.

On Fogo, the most challenging is the ascent of the Pico in the crater, the top of which is 2829m. There are also many walks from the top of the crater down its sides.